Guess who turns one today?

Wanye
November 28 2008 09:52AM

A few weeks ago we forgot to renew our domain name and the site crashed for eight hours. Ha ha ha (?)! That was the day the OilersNation.com domain name turned one.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the actual site going live. Can it really be? Feels like a damned eternity—we can tell you that. Yep, one year ago today we sat at OilersNation HQ with Spyn and stressed about our little blog going live despite the fact we had not a single writer.

Our original plan (and yes we had a plan) was to build the Oilers News Aggregator for MSM news and a Blog Aggregator for all the Oilers blogs. Then you could come to one central place to read all your Oilers news and be routed to all the news sources. Sadly, despite our polite and begging emails, not a single blogger took us up on our offer. So we had no blogging content and thus yours truly was thrust into the role—despite the obvious handicaps of no experience writing, barely being literate and having a game knee we picked up in WWII.

Well one year, nearly a million views and over a million bad jokes later here we are. The plan has been shattered by all of you, the readers of the Nation.

We would like to thank Robin Brownlee and Jason Gregor for getting involved with our circus, being good sports and forward-thinking journalists. We would like to thank Jonathan Willis, Amber McCormick and jeanshortsandbaggedmilk for all the hours they spend getting their articles to us so regularly. We would also like to thank sites who link to us regularly. This includes David Staples especially, whose kind words early on gave our traffic a huge shot in the arm.

We would once again like to tell the four failed development companies we worked with to fuck off and thank them for nearly nothing. We would however like to thank our new developer for his work so far. We met with him this week and he told us "I could probably launch before the Dec 5 deadline if you wanted." We peed a little in our pants when we heard this news and Spyn (touchingly) started to cry.

We would really really like to extend a big thank-you to Ignition Media. These guys are hands down the best designers out there. Plus they smell fantastic. And let's be honest, that's a nice touch.

We would like to thank our advertisers for agreeing to get involved with a new medium of advertising and working with us over the past year. Think Robin Brownlee comes cheap? Oh hells no! Jason Gregor told us once that he doesn't get out of bed for less than 10 grand. These fine advertisers pay us so we can pay our writers. On time. Everytime. A big thanks goes out to Hudsons Canadian Tap House, Oodle Noodle Box, Rogers Wireless, Digital Communications, OmegaCell Communications, and dub5 Networks. And to the companies we are currently talking to: send money. Seriously. We need it.

Finally and most importantly we would like to thank you, readers of the Nation. Without your patronage we would have been forced to take the easy road months ago and turn this site into a hardcore German Pornography website. We are consistently floored by how many of you come here every day and the contributions you make. If we could marry each and everyone of you we would do it in a New York minute. But polygamy is illegal in these parts so no dice—we are far too pretty for prison.

We look forward to finally bringing out all of our cool plans in the next few weeks—bringing the new hotness to all you party people. We think you'll like where we're headed.

And lastly we thank you all for tolerating all of Jonathan Willis' rascist rants.

We don't know what his deal is, we really don't.

Love,

Third Viceroy Lord Wanye von Gretzelstein IV

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#1 Monday Guy
November 28 2008, 10:02AM
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Where does the time go ?

Seems like only Yesterday it was Thursday

... oh wait

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#2 The Towel Boy
November 28 2008, 10:05AM
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I originaly found this site by googling "german schizer".

But seriously...keep up the gr8 work.

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#3 pdan
November 28 2008, 10:06AM
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Great site. I am a CoveredInOil-turned OilersNation fan. Great job guys. "Best Oilers Site Ever".

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#4 pdan
November 28 2008, 10:07AM
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"Best Oilers Site Ever" was supposed to be in the voice of the Simpons Comic-book Man voice. I put it in brackets but I guess the site filtered that out. Peace.

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#5 Jonathan Willis
November 28 2008, 10:12AM
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I don't ask for tolerance with my racist rants. I demand intolerance!

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#6 milli
November 28 2008, 10:19AM
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I LOVE INTOLERANCE.

I hate macT. Now he's going after Brodziak???? Is Brodziak really the catalyst on this team? Really, we can't score cuz Brodziak isn't competing enough? Note to CracT, 98.2% of your roster isn't competing, Bucky ain't copmeting.....hell, huddy looks half asleep, Tambo's still being paid by the canucks....

WELCOME TO LEAFLAND FOLKS.

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#7 DJ Spyn Cycle
November 28 2008, 10:24AM
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Wow, milli, how did you totally hijack the happy-birthday thread??

I was hoping for one place where self-flagellation and no discussion on macT or Tambo or any other Oilers suit with a dumb nickname could take place...

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#8 baggedmilk
November 28 2008, 10:33AM
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Happy Birthday Oilers Nation.

Unfortunately you're still lacking the mental capacity and all around sexiness of a real one year old. It will come, and so will I.

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#9 Chris
November 28 2008, 10:45AM
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Love this site. Good work to all involved. Hey Wayne, Any new year resolutions regarding Oilersnation? How about online petitions to Katz? Free shit to the comment of the day? More pics of chicks?...

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#10 Greg MC
November 28 2008, 10:49AM
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Where is the moving images with the mustache rides, yah?

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#11 milli
November 28 2008, 11:17AM
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Sorry Dj

But I just read the MacT interview.....

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#12 freeze
November 28 2008, 11:51AM
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Many congrats, Nation!!

just so you know, I turn Adblock off for you guys. seriously, that's how much I care. <3

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#13 Travis Dakin
November 28 2008, 12:42PM
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Good shout out to David Staples.. uh.. shouting you out. He's the reason I found this site when he first mentioned it and all I knew was the Journal and Sun web page all those moons ago. Anyway, You guys have this shizat together. It's an everyday must read and I know more and more people are being turned on everyday. Giggity. Great work, Everyone. Happy Birthday

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#14 The Towel Boy
November 28 2008, 12:53PM
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You can always trust baggedmilk for a completely off colour comment. That's why I have a man crush on him.

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#15 I Am The Law
November 28 2008, 01:23PM
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I second Travis Dakin. Was reading Staples, and found my way here. Instantly I said: "Humour? Information? At the same time? The hell is this, where has it been all my life, and where can I get more?!"

Huge props for the continual improvement as well! Can't wait to see the new site!

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#16 Fiveandagame
November 28 2008, 03:21PM
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I found this site while attempting to recruit a group of mercenaries to create what I was calling an "Oilers Nation".

I saw spared the expense of educating my columbian mercenaries on the game of hockey and found a wicked awesome website to boot.

THANK YOU OILERSNATION!

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#17 suntory hanzo
November 28 2008, 05:16PM
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I check and read the site a few times a day. Keep up the good work.

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#18 David S
November 28 2008, 06:37PM
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Congrats guys! Brownlee, Gregor and Willis make this site a great read every day. OK OK. You other guys too.

Looking forward to the new site. No more 404 errors like "Sorry, no posts matched your criteria." will be great.

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#19 Chief Boyd
November 28 2008, 07:43PM
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This site has kept me laughing during the shit show that is the Oilers last two seasons. It has a great mixture of fun and insight. I love Brownlee's rants when someone calls him an idiot cause they disagree with him and can't back up their argument. Thanks guys and happy birthday. Srsly!

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#20 Yo' Mama!
November 28 2008, 09:00PM
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Yo' Mama says...

I get a laugh at least once a day from your site. Thanks.

oh. Edit Button on the "new" site?

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#21 Joe
November 28 2008, 09:15PM
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The day you brought Lowetide was the first day I'd ever been here.

I've been here almost every day since.

Thanks for the great reads guys, and here's to many more -

Cheers.

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#22 Travis Dakin
November 29 2008, 11:08AM
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who is Lowetide? hmmm...

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#23 Wanye Gretz
November 29 2008, 04:58PM
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Chris -

"Wayne, Any new year resolutions regarding Oilersnation?"

You'll see.....

(insert dramatic music here)

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